USDA Forest Service

Human Dimensions Program
Rocky Mountain Research Station

800 East Beckwith Ave
Missoula, MT 59801

(406) 542-4150

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Christine Stalling, Biologist



Chris Stalling is a biologist with the Human Dimensions Program, Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) in Missoula. Working with the Forestry Sciences Lab as a biologist in silviculture and landscape ecology research since 1992, she has focused on landscape-level change, drivers of change, and disturbance processes primarily on Northern Rocky Mountain Forests using simulation modeling and GIS. Her work included technology transfer and participation with resource management planning efforts for the Forest Service, BLM, National Parks, and State and non-government interests.

Her recent move to the Human Dimensions Program reflects a shift in emphasis to social research in natural resource management. Chris is interested in the collaborative nature of interdisciplinary science as it applies to information flows and exchanges between research, resource management, and the public. Other areas of interest include communication and dialogue as tools for adaptive management, social-ecological systems interactions, community-based resource management, sense of place, and participatory modeling.


Chris is currently enrolled as a PhD Student at the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, Department of Society and Conservation. Her dissertation study is focused on barriers to information flows among researchers and resource managers in a joint project designed to address climate change in forest and grassland ecosystems in Region One of the US Forest Service.



Stalling, C.M. 2005. A Collaborative approach to forest management: using a landscape level dynamic simulation model as a tool to enhance communication among diverse landowners. In: Peterson, C.E. and D.A. Maguire, eds. 2005. Balancing ecosystem values: innovative experiments for sustainable forestry. Proceedings of a conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-635. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Station. 389 p.

Chew, J.D., C. Stalling, and K. Moeller. 2004. Integrating knowledge for simulating vegetation change at landscape scales. Western J. App. For. 19(2): 102-108.

Chew, J., J.G. Jones, C. Stalling, J. Sullivan, and S. Slack. Combining simulation and optimization for evaluating the effectiveness of fuel treatments for four different fuel conditions at landscape scales. Pp. 35-36. In: Arthaud, G.J. and T.M. Barrett (technical compilers). 2003. Systems Analysis in Forest Resources: Proceedings of the Eighth Symposium, held September 27-30, 2000, Snowmass Village, Colorado, and U.S.A. Volume 7 of the Managing Forest Ecosystems series. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 326 p.

Stalling, C.M. 1999. A Sensitivity Analysis of the SIMPPLLE Model on Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Western Montana. Thesis, University of Montana, Missoula. 137 p.

Stalling, C.M. 1996. Botanical Reconnaissance of Carlton Ridge Research Natural Area. USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station, Research Note INT-RN-431.


Stalling, C.M. May 2007. Simulating landscape level disturbance: Representing all the pieces. Presentation at 2007 U.S. IALE Conference: Disturbances Across Gradients: From Desert Seas to Mountain Islands. April 9-13, 2007, Tucson, AZ.

Stalling, C.M. March 2006. Integrating physical, ecological, and social sciences using a spatially explicit, dynamic simulation system. Presentation at 2006 U.S. IALE Conference: Linking Landscapes and Seascapes: Conservation and Ecosystem Management at the Land-Sea interface. March 28-April 1, 2006, San Diego, CA.

Stalling, C.M.. 2005. An integrated approach to modeling and assessing the impacts of wildland fire on eastern landscapes. Paper presented at the EastFIRE Conference: Wildland fire research in the eastern United States. May 11-13, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Paper to be published in proceedings.

Stalling, C.M. 2005. The use of a spatially explicit, landscape dynamic simulation model to represent socio-economic, place-based concerns to support Criterion 7 of the Montreal Process. Paper presented at the Western Forest Economists 40th Annual Meeting. May 2-4, Welches, Oregon.

Stalling, C.M., B. Bollenbacher, and J. Chew. April 2004. Simulating the impact of acres burned on goals for sustainable forest management. Paper presented at the Second Symposium on Fire Economics, Planning and Policy: A Global View. April 19-22, Cordoba, Spain.

Stalling, C.M. March 2003. From SILC to SIMPPLLE: Preparing data for model analysis. Paper presented at the Regional Training Academy, U of M campus, Missoula, MT.

Greg, J., J. Chew, R. Silverstein, C. Stalling, J. Sullivan, J. Troutwine, D. Weise, and D. Garwood. 2002. Spatial analysis of fuel treatment options for chaparral on the Angeles National Forest. Paper presented at 2002 fire conference: Managing Fire and Fuels in the Remaining Wildlands and Open Spaces of the Southwestern United States. December 2-5, San Diego, California.

Chew, J. and C. Stalling. April 2001. SIMPPLLE: A model for simulating patterns and processes at landscape scales. Poster presented at Rocky Mountain Research Station All-Scientist Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT.

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